Obama Campaign Urges Supporters to Press Lawmakers on Fiscal Cliff Plan

9:45 PM, Dec 10, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The election is over, but President Barack Obama's re-election campaign is still at work.

The campaign e-mailed supporters Monday, urging them to call their representatives and tell them to support Obama's fiscal cliff plan. It's a plan that includes raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans.

President Barack Obama says he "won't compromise" on his demands that the wealthiest Americans pay more in taxes.

However, Obama held back from directly criticizing Republicans for opposing his tax plans, perhaps signaling that private negotiations over the "fiscal cliff" are showing progress. Obama and Boehner met privately at the White House Sunday.

Obama traveled to Michigan Monday to try to rally public support for his proposals to raise rates on the top 2 percent of income earners. Speaking to auto workers, he said he was willing to support "tough spending cuts" as long as those cuts do not disproportionately hurt the middle class.

He met Sunday at the White House with House Speaker John Boehner. Neither side is providing details of the meeting, which comes just three weeks before a flurry of tax hikes and spending cuts start taking effect.

Some Republican lawmakers are suggesting that the party give in on taxes in order to win concessions from Obama on changes to benefit programs such as Medicare. But Boehner's office is indicating today that the speaker isn't ready to take that step.

A spokesman says, "The Republican offer made last week remains the Republican offer." He's referring to a GOP plan that offered $800 billion in new revenue over the next decade by reducing or eliminating some tax breaks, but not by raising tax rates. The spokesman says Republicans are waiting for Obama to identify where he is willing to cut spending.

 

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